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Compensation & Benefits

To retain employees, offer more time off

07/08/2021
As business emerges from coronavirus lockdowns, one surprising development is complicating a full recovery: Lots of workers are quitting their jobs. Smart employers are already looking for ways to stem the tide of departures.

Demand for well-being benefits has increased

07/06/2021
Most HR leaders—61%—say demand for well-being programs has increased in recent months, and 63% say employee utilization of the programs is increasing, according to the WorldatWork total rewards association.

Class-action seeks pay for covid-19 screening time

07/01/2021
Courts routinely rule that employees must be paid for time spent putting on protective gear that keeps them safe at work. Now employees have begun filing lawsuits making the same argument about time spent on coronavirus safety measures.

High Court: Only 3 cases affected employers

06/29/2021
No case in this term rose to the level of last year’s Bostock v. Clayton County, a blockbuster decision that said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination because they are gay or transgender. However, these cases matter to employers.

Affordable Care Act survives latest challenge in the Supreme Court

06/24/2021
For the third time, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the legality of the Affordable Care Act, leaving the law intact along with its employer coverage obligations and reporting requirements.

Prepare to accommodate covid after-effects

06/24/2021
Most people recover from covid-19 within a few weeks. However, reasonably large numbers of people who had the disease experience after-effects that may interfere with their ability to work. As a result, employers can expect to see more requests for ADA reasonable accommodations and FMLA intermittent leave.

Report: Wage gaps between races continue to widen

06/22/2021
Wage disparities between Black and White workers have increased in the last 10 years, even for people with otherwise comparable backgrounds and qualifications, according to a new study by The Conference Board business research organization.

Wellness perks evolving to reflect today’s concerns

06/22/2021
Smart employers are looking to beef up wellness programs as they shop for next year’s plan. Three wellness trends are attracting employer attention in the run-up to open enrollment this fall: mental health services, telehealth and workplace safety.

DOL proposes new rule on tipped worker pay

06/22/2021
The Department of Labor has floated a rule that would limit the amount of non-tip-producing work that a tipped employee can perform when an employer takes a tip credit.

Nike’s lesson on paying for security checks: Just do it

06/17/2021
Nike recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit by paying a total of $8.25 million to 16,000 retail-store employees in California who should have been paid for their time spent in pre- and post-work security checks.